Simple Cost Saving Tips For The Europe-Bound Traveler
Keeping a few tips in mind when budgeting for a European trip can really save travelers a bundle. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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With airfares to Europe forecast to skyrocket this summer, it’s more important than ever to keep your costs in check when you arrive. For some, it’s hard to keep a handle on it.
"When the money is flowing out at such a rapid rate, it takes too much energy to count it," says Manhattan resident Bob Chan.
Despite the fact that the dollar is relatively strong against the euro, NY1 recently ran into several Americans in Paris who were committed to tightening their money belts. For starters, take the airport bus to your hotel.
"It’s a budget move, and it’s also a comfort move. I feel a bit more comfortable on a bus then in a cab," notes Virginia resident Barbara Minor.
When you arrive, hit the ground walking. Also, pack light and wash your own clothes.
"We walk everywhere, no taxis or any of that," says Massachusetts resident Erin Bates.
"If you come to Europe a lot you adjust to the idea of wearing your clothes a number of different times," adds Minor.
Travelers should also stay away from the tchotchke shops and squirrel away snacks from the free buffets. And when eating out, know the tipping protocol.
"The tips are always included for the most part," notes Texas resident Donna McGee.
Finally, remember that time is money. A good suggestion is to invest in a museum pass to jump the lines.